Snowballing Network of Love

Thursday, March 13

3-13By Dawn Squires and Merna Short of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?

—1 John 3:16–17

Kevin was a “Do Care” volunteer. Each week he would visit Lawrence, who had Alzheimer’s disease. Together they would go for a walk or listen to music. His volunteer service gave Lawrence’s wife, Eve, opportunity to have time for herself. Eventually Lawrence needed to go into a nursing home for full-time care. Kevin realized that Eve now needed someone to visit with.

When Kevin died, his wife, Gina, continued the visiting ministry. Eve’s neighbor, Judy, joined them for morning coffee. Gina, a Community of Christ member, invited them to a fund-raising event, and Eve and Judy made new friendships over the years with further opportunities to bless.

When Judy’s grandson died suddenly, the fund-raising team sent messages of love. From the early care for one person, a whole network of caring ministry blossomed. As disciples of Jesus Christ, when we each reach out to even one person, we open a window for multiple blessings. God’s love is magnified because we care.

Prayer for Peace
Open our eyes, God, and help us see brothers, sisters, and strangers in need. Help us realize that when we miss one opportunity to help, we break a connection in the community, and many will suffer. May we repair those breaks with peace and close the gaps with love.

Spiritual Practice: Spiritual Hunger
Jesus discerned hungers of body and spirit, and he fed them through a physical, verbal, spiritual ministry of presence. In a time of listening prayer ask God to help you discern physical or spiritual hungers of people in your congregation, community, and global family. Invite the Spirit to move you to one hospitable act that “feeds” someone’s hunger today.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will not refuse to help. I will not break the sacred connection.

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